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Alaskan Women Reject Sarah Palin

On September 13th 2008 by some estimates over 1,000 women in Anchorage, Alaska came together to make a statement to the world that Sarah Palin does not speak for them. The counter demonstration consisted of less than 100 Palin supporters. In one video posted on You Tube an interviewer walked around the rally and asked people why they came out and how long they had lived in Alaska. The responses varied but the strength of their beliefs that Sarah Palin was a poor choice for the person one heartbeat away from the presidency was clear in most of the answers recorded.

According to an Alaskan news source the response to the announcement of the planned rally from conservative talk radio host Eddie Burke was "They're a bunch of socialist maggots, that's what I'm going to call them -- socialist maggots, that's what they are, a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots," While Burke backed off a bit the next day he had already broadcast the home phone numbers of the organizers of the rally that had been listed on the press release (intended to be contact information for media) with encouragement to his listeners to call them and tell them what they thought about the rally. Listeners of Burke’s show then called the women at home to berate and threaten them for speaking out against the Republican nominee for Vice President.

One remarkable thing noted about the rally was that it had higher attendance than the rally Palin herself had held in Anchorage earlier that same day at the convention center. While Palin may be the media darling of the Republican Party it seems that in Anchorage she and the McCain campaign staff could not assemble a crowd of supporters larger than the crowd of detractors on the same day organized by two women who thought up the idea over coffee one morning.

With the election now less than two months away it seems that some of the initial excitement about the Palin nomination may be fading in the light of her previously unknown critics and numerous scandals she faces in her home state of Alaska. Add to that the bad news coming from Wall Street seemingly related to deregulation of the financial industry supported by both McCain and Palin and it seems that the tide may be turning in the election once again. A recent CNN poll showed the Americans, by a nearly 2-1 margin, blame Republicans over Democrats for the Wall Street debacle and lagging economy. Polls also show that more Americans feel that Barack Obama would handle the economic crisis better than McCain. These developments may make the difference in a tight race for the White House that will likely be decided by Independent voters in swing states, many of which that have been hit hard by the economic downturn of the last few years.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this article. | Click icon to Digg this article

Pre-Election Dumbing Down of America

So the latest news from the campaign trail is that now the debate between the two Vice Presidential candidates will not allow for actual debate between the two people. It will consist of moderators asking questions and the candidates only responding to the moderator. This is not a debate. This is a fluff interview designed to advantage Sarah (I know nothing about national or international politics) Palin. This woman needed six schools to get a four year degree and has spent a grand total of eighteen months as governor of a state with fewer people than one of New York City’s boroughs. The fix is in folks and America is lapping it up like a bunch of well traveled sheep following the GOP Simplistic Express to economic ruin.

This latest tactic of only accepting situations that stack the deck in their favor is yet another example of the Republican Party working to distract the voters from real issues and make the campaign about superficial, inconsequential matters that favor their solutions challenged Party. Sadly, America seems to be buying it too. People love Sarah Palin despite her obvious lack of knowledge about all of the things important to being an effective Vice President. Now, not only will she dodge the media and tough questions she is having the debate tailored to meet her needs as an unqualified candidate.

This tactic of lowering the bar is typical of the Republican method of campaigning that has become so prevalent in the last decade. By redefining what is considered success the GOP lowers the expectations of the audience to convince them that levels of failure can be considered successes when compared to one another. Forget that the war in Iraq has cost thousands of American lives over what was essentially misinformation about the threat posed to America by Iraq, the “surge” of thousands of American troops into the region lessened the amount of violence and slowed the American casualty rate happening in a region destabilized by the original ill-conceived plan that put our troops in harm’s way in the first place.

This systematic strategy of lowering expectations and misdirection is what has gotten us into a war we never needed to be in and is causing the collapse of our financial infrastructure. The markets are collapsing because of the GOP plan to deregulate the financial industry allowing predatory lending and foolish investment structuring to happen. If regulations in place before the Reagan era were still in place there never would have been a Savings and Loan collapse and American taxpayers would not be shouldering a bailout cost of $1.3 trillion dollars to keep our economy from total collapse.

In the meantime, Republicans are resisting all attempts to include accountability in the bailout plan proposed to Congress by the White House. George Bush says “There will be plenty of time” to decide who is to blame for the mess after they fix it but the truth is that if they don’t force accountability to be part of the legislation to bail out financial institutions it will never happen. Once the money is spent lobbyists will be back in control with all the assets they need to keep manipulating our system to their advantage. Right now the lobbyists have little leverage over the bill to bail out their clients. Now is the time to use this opportunity to make sweeping change to the lobbying system and kick the fat cats out of Washington. There will never be a better opportunity for change than right now. Real leaders would recognize that and jump on the opportunity that has presented itself to them.

The Democrats have the lobbyists over a barrel right now and need to take every advantage of it to clean up the mess and the cause of the mess at the same time. If Republicans try to block it they are playing politics with America’s future and will lose in the end. Now is the time to wise up and stop letting the GOP dumb down the discussion. Now is the time to stop the “good old boys network” train to nowhere and start to make things equitable for the American people. Re-regulation of the markets and common sense laws protecting consumers from unethical business practices need to be a part of this bailout of the financial industry. If Democrats squander this opportunity they deserve another four years of Republican leadership in the White House because they will have proven that they have been dumbed down more than anyone else.

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Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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